Celebrated architect Kevin Roche dies aged 96


The Irish-born architect Kevin Roche has died aged 96, leaving his mark on world-class buildings including major airports and art museums.

Mr Roche designed more than 200 buildings around the globe, winning the Pritzker Architecure Prize in 1982 – the industry’s equivalent of the Nobel prize.

A spokesman from his architectural firm said he died of natural causes at his home in Guilford, Connecticut, on Friday.

Born in Dublin, he graduated from the city’s university in 1945.

He relocated to the US three years later and, with his business partner, set up the firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates in 1966.

The firm completed 12 unfinished buildings started by the acclaimed architect Eer Saarinen.

This includes the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport and the Dulles Airport outside Washington DC.

The company had a 40-year association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, for whom they did extensive remodelling and built many extensions.

Mr Roche’s work includes corporate headquarters, scientific research facilities, theatres and a zoo.

He created the Convention Centre Dublin in his home country.

Roche studied with another architectural luminary, Mies van der Roe, and collaborated with the Finnish-born Eero Saarinen.

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